A large work compensation bill advocates saying that one should solve problems in Oklahoma's system for treating injured workers leading to Gov. Kevin Stitt after unanimously passing the state house on Monday and the Senate in April.
H. B. 2367, 187 pages published on the State Legislative Site after months of compromise, address changes that would carry out further comprehensive reforms introduced in the state in 2013, according to a legislative analysis.
Among the changes are increases in replacement benefits, which advocates had claimed were among the lowest in the nation and changes in claims for what would be eligible for compensation under comp code, addressing holes in compensation, such as when a worker is injured in an employer-owned parking lot who come or leave the building or in connection with a breach of work in an area owned by the employer. The bill would make both cases compensable.
The bill also restructures the state's multi-way fund, which an analysis revealed would not remain solvent but changes in the fund that help workers who suffer multiple injuries. The bill also allows judges to continue addressing the court application, arising from preventive disputes until 2022 ̵
Secretary of State Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, co-author of the bill, could not be reached for comment. But he told reporters this week he expects the governor to sign the bill.